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Friday Night Smackdown- September 10, 2010 Hits and Misses

Posted in Editorials, WWE News and Notes with tags , , on September 11, 2010 by Erik Beaston

HITS

Undertaker vs. CM Punk– This week’s show featured a main event that would be considered pay-per-view worthy as the Straight Edge Savior CM Punk took on the Phenom, the Undertaker. What was truly impressive was how well the Undertaker played his part as the deteriorating veteran. By the end of the match, despite his victory, it wouldn’t be unlikely for some to question whether Kane’s attack on his brother really did weaken him to the point that he cannot return to his once powerful and nearly undefeatable ways. On the other hand, it was good to see CM Punk involved in a long, hard-fought, back-and-forth contest. It’s been a while, due to his arm injury over the summer. Punk came out of the contest, even in a loss, looking even better than he did going in. Remember, Punk laid the Dead Man out with the Go To Sleep, only for ‘Taker to catch him with what could be argued as a fluke Hell’s Gate for the win. Very good match, very good ending to a very good Smackdown.

Alberto Del Rio— I won’t include the whole match with Matt Hardy because, as much as I was and, to an extent still am, a Matt Hardy fan, it’s become almost painful to watch him in the ring. It’s almost as if he doesn’t care anymore. But we’re not here to question Hardy’s heart. We’re here to look at a superstar who has taken the opportunity given to him and run with it. Del Rio is a star in the making, an old-school heel in the mold of a Million Dollar Man or JBL. The character is naturally unlikable and, if reports are accurate, Del Rio the man isn’t too far removed from Del Rio the character. Either way, between the ring announcer, the expensive cars, the sissy rainfall pyro, or the obnoxious wink and smile, Del Rio is hitting on all cylinders and is regularly one of the guys I anticipate seeing every Friday night.

Drew McIntyre vs. Kaval— Kaval made his in-ring debut on Smackdown, against the Sinister Scot, Drew McIntyre. First things first: Kaval debuting on Smackdown is the right move. Sticking him on Raw would result in little more than him becoming the next Evan Bourne. On Smackdown, he gets to work with superstars like McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Christian, and Rey Mysterio. In his first match on Friday nights, Kaval had a highly-competitive match with Drew McIntyre. Kaval was able to showcase many of his signature moves against one of the well-established stars on the blue brand. McIntyre, in turn, looked just as strong, as he was able to withstand the onslaught of his ‘rookie’ opponent and still pick up a clean victory. A very good match that helped a new star in Kaval and an established star in McIntyre who hasn’t looked a strong as he probably should have as of late.

Kofi Kingston & Chris Masters vs. Dolph Ziggler & Chavo Guerrero— Okay, Kaitlyn is still hot. Onto the match. While the tag match wasn’t the longest, nor was it near the best, it accomplished three things: it continued the feud between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler over the Intercontinental Championship. It also allowed two criminally underrated stars who have been relegated to Superstars on Thursday nights, Chavo Guerrero and Chris Masters, to get some exposure on Smackdown. Finally, it allowed Kaitlyn to gain some exposure with the Friday night crowd and as a result, advertise NXT. While the match was nothing special, the segment accomplished three goals so it’s a hit in this writer’s opinion.

MISSES

MVP vs. Jack Swagger– Both of these guys deserve better than another endless feud with one another. MVP needs a heel turn, ASAP! Swagger needs to get himself back in the main event picture. Other than that, the match was fine but it wasn’t anything different from what we have seen in the past between these two.

Big Show, Kelly Kelly, and Josh Matthews backstage– I’m not really sure what this was all about. Part of it seemed to be time filler, part of it seemed to be getting Big Show over as an ‘entertainer’ and part of it seemed like it was aimed at getting over Kelly Kelly and Big Show’s on-screen chemistry. I’m not sure what was going on but it definitely isn’t something that can be considered a hit.

Overall: A very good edition of Smackdown that furthered the Undertaker-Kane story, provided a spectacular main event, continued the ascention of Alberto Del Rio, Drew McIntyre, and the newly debuted Kaval. Thumbs way up for Friday night’s episode.

*SPOILERS* WWE Smackdown-September 10, 2010

Posted in Friday Night Smackdown News, WWE News and Notes with tags , , on September 10, 2010 by Erik Beaston

Here are the complete spoilers for tonight’s episode of Smackdown. As always, if you don’t want to know, stop reading now.

Source: Ken McAndrew and PWInsider.com

* Kane/Taker recap video to open, then usual SD open and pyro.

* They announced Taker and Punk, and then the gong hit and Taker was in the ring, fire going off on stage. He talked about how he’s had to protect Kane from others and himself, so he’ll have no problem beating on him at the PPV. Taker says he still controls the power of the darkness. He said Kane will always remember his older, wiser, more evil brother would take his title back. Taker says no rules can contain them, and says the match must be no holds barred.

* CM Punk comes out alone, clapping. He tells everyone to stand and give Taker a round of applause fitting his legendary status. Punk says after the PPV none of us will see Taker again. He enjoys watching Taker on his own downward spiral, seeing a broken down man who’s had one too many fights and is delusional.

* Taker says he sees his next victim. Punk says he doesn’t hear the same panache in Taker’s voice, saying he’s facing Big Show at the PPV (for no title I guess?) Taker says Punk will rest in peace, and we break.

* Jack Swagger vs. MVP – they showed a recap of last week’s VIP Lounge. It looks like MVP added the triple German suplexes, but only got two before Swagger elbowed out. Swagger did an abdominal stretch on MVP through the ropes. MVP hit the Ballin elbow, but Swagger slipped away before the 305. MVP followed and Swagger kicked the steps into MVP’s knee, leading to the ankle lock for the tap.

* Laycool and Kaval in the back, arguing over who would face Melina, saying Vickie let either defend. Kaval said it was his first night on SD, and could the girls please chill? They heeled him a bit, saying he wouldn’t be there if not for them.

* Next is a history of Taker and Kane.

* Tony Chimel announces Alberto del Rio’s ring announcer, who announced Alberto.

* Alberto del Rio (with Orton’s old sparkler curtain) vs. Matt Hardy – Matt’s back to camouflage pants and no singlet. Alberto hit Matt on the apron with a running enziguri that was real loud. Matt hit an inverted Twist of Fate, ending with an elbowdrop for two, followed by a moonsault for two. They fought up top, with Alberto dropping to the floor to hang Matt’s gut. Ram to the post followed by a flip into the cross-armbreaker for the tap. Afterwards, Christian ran Alberto off. Long TV match.

* Drew McIntyre vs. Kaval (who already has better music and video than Daniel Bryan) – Drew hit a nasty suplex on the floor, landing Kaval on the apron. Kaval with an enziguri from the top rope, but Drew rolled out before Warrior’s Way. Kaval went for a rana from the apron but Drew essentially powerbomed Kaval. Back in the ring, Drew hit the Future Shock DDT for three. Laycool came out to check on Kaval, but were icky at his sweat. They helped him to the back.

* DASHING Cody Rhodes with grooming tips – how facials are good for men, while wearing a green facial mask.

* Vickie and Caitlyn came out…again. Vickie kept berating Caitlyn’s promo work, then introduced Dolph Ziggler. Chavo (with short tights) also came out and the whole group came to the ring.

* Dolph Ziggler and Chavo Guerrero vs. Kofi Kingston and Chris Masters – One of these things just doesn’t belong. Beatdown on Masters until a hot tag. Kofi entered with a high springboard clothesline. Double clothesline spot. Dolph made a tag but the ref didn’t see it and put Chavo out – weird to do to the heels of course. Kofi hit Trouble in Paradise on Dolph for the three count.

* A lot of ring and stage setup, including Kane’s pyro corners. Meantime Big Show on the tron, interviewing himself, with him playing Josh Matthews. Kelly told Show Josh was coming do Show hid the mic under his arm. Josh got his mic back, a bit soiled.

* CM Punk with Straight Edge Society, then he sends them to the back. Punk vs. Undertaker – Punk cut off the usual moves, but got chokeslammed for two. Taker went for the tombstone, but Punk slipped out and hit the GTS. Punk slow to cover, and Taker got the Hell’s Gate for the tap.

* Undertaker went to pose and Kane’s pyro went off with his laughter filling the arena like Joker’s laugh box from 1989’s Batman. That’s where Smackdown ends.

Open Letter to WWE: PLEASE send Edge back to Smackdown

Posted in Editorials, WWE News and Notes with tags , , , on September 6, 2010 by Erik Beaston

He’s one the most biggest professional wrestling superstars in the world today. He is one of the most decorated stars of this generation. His name is associated with matches many consider to be modern classics. One of the most controversial and edgy (pun most definitely intended) characters of the last ten years, he once performed a Live Sex Celebration with equally controversial Diva Lita on Monday Night Raw for the entire world to see. A tag team specialist, he has broken free of those reigns and established himself as one of the greatest singles stars of ANY generation. His name is Edge and…he’s become boring.

In April, when it was announced that Edge had been drafted to Raw, many assumed his arrival would usher in the controversial nature, the ‘edginess’ of Raw that had been noticeably missing since the days of guest hosts and Hornswoggle. Optimism was high. Unfortunately for fans such as myself, that optimism was for naught. With John Cena, Sheamus, and the newly-minted babyface push for Randy Orton enveloping the Raw brand, Edge quickly found himself on the outside looking in. He was lost in the shuffle. His promos degenerated into the normal, boring spiels other heels less talented than him were notorious for. The emotion-filled promos reminiscent of his Smackdown days were gone. Instead, he insulted the fans and threatened to defeat John Cena for the WWE Championship. Sorry to say but, I’ve been there, done that, and bought the Umaga/Orton/Triple H/Great Khali/Kurt Angle/JBL t-shirt. I expect more out of Edge and that is something the Raw script writers aren’t willing to give. So I implore you, Raw brand creative team, please…PLEASE ship Edge back to Smackdown so that those of us who appreciate his abilities in the ring and on the microphone can relish in the opportunity to enjoy his work before it deteriorates. Besides, you have a whole group of heels you can feed to Cena.